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Sentencing set Friday for Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to killing 2 girls, fiancee


OKEMAH, Oklahoma — A 28-year-old Oklahoma man is to be sentenced for killing two girls along a rural road in 2008 and his fiancee in 2011.

Kevin Sweat is due in Okfuskee County District Court Friday after pleading guilty in July to three counts of first-degree murder.

The girls — 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker — were shot to death in 2008 as they walked down a road near Weleetka in eastern Oklahoma. Sweat wasn't a suspect in their deaths until police questioned him in the 2011 death of his fiancee, 23-year-old Ashley Taylor.

Prosecutors and Sweat's attorneys agreed to allow Sweat to plead guilty and waive his right to a jury trial — sparing him a possible death sentence.

He faces life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

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